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Coffee with the Counselor Resource List

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This school year, I’ll be offering monthly Coffee with the Counselor events at my school on the first Friday of each month. Coffee with the Counselor mornings will provide an informal opportunity for parents & caregivers to discuss issues related to child and adolescent development, mental health, social & emotional development, and general well-being. I’ll share interesting resources and recommend readings on selected topics, to inspire discussion within the group.

To kick of the 2019-2020 year, here are some of the articles I hope can help all of us work together to build a caring community for children.  Don’t be put off by the prevalence of the word “fail” in the titles below: these resources make a compelling case for cultivating the skills kids need to tolerate frustration, persist through uncomfortable emotional states, and pick themselves up whenever they fall…or fail.  Looking forward to talking about these in October!
ONLINE ARTICLES
BOOKS

End of the School Year Regulation Strategies

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Hi everyone,
Here’s a great post by one of my favorite writer/educators with lots of easy, quick, EFFECTIVE, fun ways to help kids stay regulated and focused as we head into the final stretch of the year:

 

Click here:

Survival Kit for the Last Few Weeks of School

Or, cut and paste this link:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/survival-kit-last-few-weeks-school-lori-desautels/

 

 

 

What Does it Mean to “Hold Space?”

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I recently encouraged a teacher to “hold the space” for a young student who was going through a very tough emotional period. When she looked at me with confused eyes, I realized this phrase often needs explanation. Here’s the best one I’ve seen:

Mindfulness and Deep Breathing Lesson for Students

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For the last few weeks, I’ve been working with my students in PK, K and 1st grade on building Mindfulness skills to help our bodies get calm and ready to learn. Today, we made Mindfulness Beads to help us remember to take slow, deep calming breaths. The kids loved it! (I even had a few teachers and a middle school helper ask to make them for themselves!)
 

How to Help Students Navigate Conflicts

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Recently, I was asked by Education Week’s Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo to weigh in on the question:

When two or more students are having a conflict, what are the most effective ways teachers can respond to the situation?

Here is my answer, along with the thoughtful responses of 5 other professionals:

 

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2018/02/response_ways_to_navigate_conflicts_restore_relationships_between_students.html

 

 

Teaching Growth Mindset with Wooden Blocks

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This month, I am working with my 5th grade students on developing a Growth Mindset.  They are learning the value of working through problems, persisting through mistakes, learning from failures, and demonstrating an open-mindedness toward lifelong learning and continuous improvement.

Today, we did a fun activity where the kids were challenged to build a tower with wooden blocks–using only chopsticks (no hands!). The task was intentionally difficult, but using teamwork and a growth mindset, the kids were challenged to persist until they completed the task.  Initial failures happened, goals were ultimately achieved, hilarity ensued and a good time was had by all.

 

Be Known for Being Kind

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I was walking through the halls of my school this morning when a 3rd grade student saw me and told me she had brought in a book from her local library because it made her think of me. When I asked what the book was called, she couldn’t remember the exact title, but said she knew I’d love it because it was about a girl who wanted to BE KNOWN FOR BEING KIND. (Heart swells.)

We walked to her cubby to get the book…and she was right…I love it! This title and author are new to me and I thought they might be new to you too. Do yourself a favor and check out Melissa Parkington’s Beautiful, Beautiful Hair by Pat Brisson.

 

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